One Foot Island

One Foot Island Aitutaki Cook Islands

One Foot Island, locally known in Cook Islands Maori language as Tapuaetai, is the most popular Aitutaki lagoon, tourist cruise destination. Of the 15 islets (motus), it is in the south east corner of the Aitutaki lagoon, between motu Tekopua on the northern side of the channel near One Foot Island and Motukitiu, the most south east islet with its sea bird nesting ground.

At low tide it is easy to wade from One Foot Island to the cay (vast white sand bar) to the west of One Foot Island. Bring your camera for a looking back photo of One Foot Island. Photograph coconut palm trees leaning out from a white sandy beach, over crystal clear water of the channel between One Foot Island and Tekopua. The channel is about 30 metres wide and about 4 metres deep. Check the current before trying to swim to motu Tekopua, the longest of the Aitutaki motus. There's some coral and fish to see while snorkelling loser to the Pacific Ocean edge of the barrier reef at the eastern end of the channel. It's where in 1980 I first ran across the top of the reef with gumboots at night carrying a hessian bag full of crayfish (lobsters) for the then chief of Aitutaki, Mr Matai Simiona whose trained eye spotted the painted crays from a distance with the light of a tilly lamp.



Onefoot Island has been the location of TV series and movies such as "The Silent One"

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